Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ornate Ordos wedding draws crowds

The upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, which arrives Friday, is a busy season for wedding ceremonies.

President Xi thanks border soldiers for their hard work

Ahead of the Spring Festival, top Chinese leaders have paid visits to different social groups and extended their best wishes to them.

What Do Dinosaur Fossils, Fish Bladders and Guns Have in Common?

Inside the strange caseload of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

St. Kitts Basketball Star Selected To Mongolia Super League All Stars

6’7” St. Kitts basketball phenom Dane Rawlins continues to shine in the Mongolian National Basketball Association Super League in Mongolia .

President Xi Attends Winter Nadam Fair, Visits People in Inner Mongolia

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the winter Nadam Fair in Xilingol, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday, January 27th, 2014.

Xi visits soldiers on frozen northern border

President Xi Jinping visited soldiers at a border frontier base in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Sunday, expressing his gratitude for their service to the nation.

Eco-warrior or eco-terrorist? Mongolia jails environmentalist for 21 years

One week ago, the courts of Mongolia sentenced environmental activist and former herder Tsetsegee Munkhbayar and four other members of the “Fire Nation” group to 21-and-a-half years in prison each for “acts of terrorism.”

Parmelia Resources encounters gold, zinc, copper in Mongolia

Parmelia Resources (ASX: PML) has hit the heights at the Darvii Naruu Copper Gold project in Govi Altai province, western Mongolia with drilling results encountering encouraging mineralisation and potential for the presence of a porphyry hosted mineral system.

BSU Lyceum students take bronze and silver medals at Zhautykov Olympiad in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science

By Svetlana Chernova: About 60 teams from 17 countries, including India, Indonesia and Mongolia, had come to Almaty to compete for the gold medal in the field of exact sciences this year.

Award-Winning Mongolian Environmentalist Gets 21 Years for ‘Terrorism’

Mongolian environmental activist Tsetsegee Munkhbayar, who was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2007 for his campaign to protect water sources from mining pollution, was sentenced on Jan. 21 together with four associates to 21 years in prison for “acts of terrorism.”

Man arrested for selling newborn son

A man was arrested for selling his newborn son for 30,000 yuan ($4,958), Inner Mongolia Morning News reported on Monday.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Soyombo Vodka Enters U.S. Market

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (January 23, 2014) – The APU Company, Mongolia’s first national beverage company since 1924, announces the arrival of Soyombo Vodka, produced, distilled, bottled and enjoyed by millions in its homeland.

World famous dancer to visit Mongolia

Famous hip-hop dancer from the USA, Shaadow Sefiroth said that he will visit Mongolia.

The incredible mega city with schools, a hospital and airport...where NOBODY lives

This is not a vision of the apocalypse, but a Chinese "ghost city".

Bold Triumphs Over Percy Yung To Claim Red Dragon Victory In Macau

Mongolia’s Buyanjargal Bold has won a famous victory at the Red Dragon Main Event, after defeating a huge field of 995 players over six days on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the HK$1,492,000 (US $192,404) top prize.

Diversification and Engagement Key to Mongolian Development, Report Finds

Mongolia’s future dependent on successful development of mineral sector, diversification and engagement with neighbours;

Kuwaiti ambassador discusses ties with leading Mongolian lawmaker



KUWAIT, Jan 23 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait's Ambassador to Mongolia, Khaled Al-Fadhli, has held talks with the Mongolian legislator, Luvsantseren Enkh-Amgalan, on means of enhancing ties between Kuwait and Mongolia.
The Kuwaiti embassy in Mongolia said in a statement, released on Thursday, that the discussions between the two sides, held in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, dealt with humanitarian activities by Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in Mongolia, namely its contributions to construction of a building for the Mongolian parliament.
Enkh-Amgalan is also the head of the Mongolian side in the Kuwaiti-Mongolian Friendship Committee. Saud Al-Hraiji is the chairman of the Kuwaiti representatives in the joint commission.
The embassy statement added that Al-Fadhli and Enkha-Amgalan also pondered means of encouraging reciprocal visits by Kuwaiti and Mongolian lawmakers to the two countries. (end) mjz.rk KUNA 231216 Jan 14NNNN

New Bloomfield-based company, Gastineau Log Homes, increases international presence

A company located in New Bloomfield has expanded its international market and will soon distribute its goods to Mongolia.

Mongolia firm unable to buy Chongryon HQ

The Tokyo District Court said Thursday it has rejected a Mongolian bidder’s offer to buy out the headquarters and land in downtown Tokyo of a pro-Pyongyang Korean residents’ group.

Water to aid Mongolia

The organisation's Barry Jiggins says it is all about getting fresh water into the country's schools.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

North China city confiscates 214 official vehicles

The government of Tongliao in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region recently confiscated 214 cars that exceeded the standard for official vehicles, including 188 Audis and 26 imported SUVs, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Closing the Yield Gaps for Mongolian Small Businesses: Part I

By Paul Sullivan,
Georgetown

‘Hot Cities’ tour takes business students to Mongolia

More than 40 students and alumni from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University are visiting Mongolia this March, to help them understand the realities of doing business in a fledgling emerging market.

Probable resolution of Oyu Tolgoi dispute in H1 2014 highly likely to increase foreign investment in Mongolia

IHS sources indicate that in February Rio Tinto and the government of Mongolia are likely to announce a resolution to their dispute over the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine.

Mongolia Minerals Law Changes May Lead to Lifting of License Ban

Changes being considered to Mongolia’s minerals law are expected to pave the way to the end of a three and a half year moratorium on new exploration licenses, according to an official from the Ministry of Mining.

MPC20: Bold Victory for Mongolia at Red Dragon

The 20th anniversary celebrations of the Macau Poker Cup have come to an end with the Red Dragon trophy heading to a new destination as Mongolia’s Buyanjargal Bold (pictured) claimed an impressive victory overnight.

The Bank of Azerbaijan got a chance to transfer money to Vietnam, Czech Republic and Mongolia

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. “Zolotaya Korona – money transfers” Service and the Bank of Azerbaijan OJSC expand their cooperation.

Mongolian exports fall 2.6 pct in 2013 on coal decline

ULAN BATOR, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Mongolia's export trade in 2013 fell 2.6 percent compared to the previous year as a result of a decrease in coal shipments to China over the period, the country's central bank said.

Kincora Copper sees tide turning in Mongolia

Kincora Copper’s (CVE:KCC) rising share price suggests the market may be latching on to a potential shift in sentiment towards Mongolia.

In Baotou, China, moments of grace amid the cacophony and crowds

It wasn’t until my husband and I had already shelled out thousands of dollars to visit China that I saw our destination referred to as “hideous.”

New flight, new business

Air transport could have an important role in providing a direct connection between landlocked Mongolia and the rest of the world, expanding foreign trade and developing Mongolia’s economy.

Land of the blue sky?

Pollution responsible for up to 25% of deaths in UB

Mishicot News column: Veterinarian planning mission trip to Mongolia

Dr. Melanie Goble, of Mishicot Veterinary Clinic and Pet Care Center, is planning to travel to Mongolia on a Christian veterinary mission to teach and assist veterinarians and veterinary students in medicine, surgery and business skills.

Driving on thin ice: Motorist takes risky detour by crossing 1km-wide frozen river in their CAR

All alone surrounded by ice, this off-road driver took the ultimate shortcut across a river.

Artists From Tibet and Mongolia at Pan-Asian Festival

Stanford's Pan-Asian Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary Feb. 1 through March 1. Festival founder and director Jindong Cai speaks proudly of the past decade:

Rare prehistoric spider fossil discovered in China - and it is so unusual scientists have created a new species in its honour

The spider fossil was discovered in the Daohugou beds of Inner Mongolia

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ger districts: a main source of pollution, and home to its victims

Ulaanbaatar is the most polluted capital city in the world in terms of PM index, according to a study by Prof. Lodoysamba of the National University of Mongolia, who studies Ulaanbaatar air pollution and runs the UB Air Quality Facebook and Twitter page for regular updates on air quality.

Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold of Mongolia

On January 16, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with visiting Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold of Mongolia in Beijing,.

Mongolia's "godfather of corruption" plots return

Terrence Edwards in Ulaanbaatar
January 21, 2014

What does Mongolia have in common with Kitzbühel?

On the surface, there doesn’t appear to be many similarities. Dig a little a deeper, and well, there still aren’t really any similarities.

Wang Yi: China Will Provide Three Important Opportunities for Neighbouring Countries

On January 16, 2014, when jointly meeting the press after his talks in Beijing with visiting Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold of Mongolia, Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out that in 2014, China will bring its neighboring countries and even the whole region three important opportunities of "China's reform", "China's initiative", and "China's hosting".

Friday, January 17, 2014

SouthGobi 2013 Coal Output More Than Doubles as Mine Restarts

SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (SGQ), a coal producer in Mongolia controlled by a Rio Tinto Group unit, more than doubled output in 2013 after a resumption in mining.

Turquoise Hill jumps 10% on robust production numbers

Shares in Turquoise Hill (TSE:TRQ) rose sharply on Thursday after the company announced strong growth in output and improving grades at its massive Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia.

Sharyn Gol mine to produce clean fuel briquettes for Mongolians

New efforts to improve environmental conditions in Ulaanbaatar are currently underway, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) set to lend 10 million USD to Mongolian coal producers Sharyn Gol JSC for the development of plants to supply washed coal and smokeless fuel briquettes to Ulaanbaatar.

Polish pianist to teach Mongolians

At the invitation of the Polish Embassy in Ulaanbaatar and the Music and Dance College, Polish pianist Szczepan Konczal arrived in Ulaanbaatar on January 13.

In Baotou, China, moments of grace amid the cacophony and crowds

It wasn’t until my husband and I had already shelled out thousands of dollars to visit China that I saw our destination referred to as “hideous.”

China to bring 3 major opportunities for neighbors

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has emphasized his country’s commitment to ties with neighboring nations and elaborated on the opportunities available to them in the new year.

Mongolia seeks foreign investment

Mongolia has been listed as the world’s fast growing economy for the second year running, providing hope for industrial minerals companies working in the region.

Sharyn Gol JSC Obtains 10 Million USD Financing from EBRD

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharyn Gol JSC (MSE: SHG) one of the oldest operating coal mines in Mongolia has signed a contract to receive a debt financing package of 10 million USD from EBRD.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Khan Files Fiscal Year End 2013 Financial Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/15/14 -- Khan Resources Inc. (CNSX: KRI) (" Khan" or "the Company") announced today that it has filed its financial statements and management discussion and analysis for the year ended September 30, 2013 on Sedar and has posted these documents to its website www.khanresources.com.

Turquoise Hill Resources Announces Fourth Quarter 2013 Production

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/15/14 -- Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ)(NASDAQ: TRQ)(TSX: TRQ) today announced the fourth quarter 2013 production for Oyu Tolgoi.

Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi expected to build inventory – Turquoise Hill

TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Global miner Rio Tinto’s massive Oyu Tolgoi mine, in Mongolia, is expected to build inventory during 2014, subsidiary Turquoise Hill said on Wednesday.

Mongolian officials aim to adopt parts of Canadian legal system

VANCOUVER -- Mongolian officials are in British Columbia to learn about the Canadian criminal justice system, parts of which they aim to adopt in their own country.

Mongolia tastes its first dim sum bond

Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia has priced the first renminbi-denominated bonds from the country, raising Rmb700 million ($115 million) at a10.0% yield, a record high coupon for a dim sum offered by a bank issuer.

Xanadu Mines has wrapped up the acquisition of a copper-gold porphyry project, Mongolia

Xanadu Mines (ASX: XAM) has completed the acquisition of a 90% interest in Vantage, which holds the Oyut Ulaan porphyry copper-gold project in Mongolia, following shareholder approval.

Bukit Aman Tipped Off By Mongolia On Death Of Student

PETALING JAYA: BUKIT Aman Interpol confirmed yesterday they had received information from the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Ulan Bator on the death of a Mongolian woman here last year.

Be a guest at ornate 'Wedding of Ordos'

SALISBURY — A colorful international wedding is coming to town Saturday, Jan. 18, and everyone on Delmarva is invited.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rio Tinto share price: Mining giant maintains stake in Turquoise Hill

iNVEZZ.com, Tuesday, January 14: Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) has kept its majority stake in Turquoise Hill Resources unchanged at 50.8 percent following the successful completion of a $2.4 billion (£1.46 billion) rights issue related to the highly prospective 66 percent owned Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia.

Mengniu's M&A spree hints at foray into new business

The series of mergers and acquisitions made by Inner Mongolia-based China Mengniu Dairy in 2013 and its latest announcement about entering a joint venture in China with the US-based WhiteWave Foods are being seen as part of its efforts to expand into the beverage business, reports the Beijing-based China Times (not our sister paper).

Mongolian mountaineers climb Asralt Khairkhan Mountain

Mongolian mountaineers from Up to Top Club, Mongolian Mountain Guides Association, Mongolian Snowboard Federation and Erdenet Hiking Club completed a summit to Asralt Khairkhan Mountain in Tuv Province last weekend.

NSOM releases 2013 socio-economic update for Mongolia

The National Statistical Office of Mongolia (NSOM) has released its monthly update on social and economic indicators for the last month of 2013.

Spiritual immunity and a symbol of unity

What is necessary for Mongolians during this time in their history?

Police Hold Five Herders in Fresh Dispute Over Inner Mongolia Grassland

Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have detained five ethnic Mongolian herders who protested the takeover of their grazing lands for development and demanded local officials be democratically elected.

‘Sister city’ agreement unites two cultures

HOWELL — Representatives of Howell and the Sukhbaatar District of Ulanbaatar in Mongolia signed a memorandum of agreement following a presentation designating them as sister cities on Dec. 10.

Can We See the Invisible, Together?

About three years ago, I was staring at a monitor wall of 2 million crowdsourced “clues” to identify archaeological tombs in Mongolia when three people in black suits walked up and stopped in their tracks.

Mongolian delegation in Vancouver to study justice system

More than 20 delegates from the Mongolian government are in Vancouver to get a few pointers from the Canadian justice system as the north Asian nation revamps its own.

GEEO Announces Summer Travel to Russia, Mongolia, and China

GEEO has released their teacher travel opportunities for the summer of 2014. They are offering more than twenty trips, including a triple excursion to Russia, Mongolia, and China.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mengniu's M&A spree hints at foray into new business

The series of mergers and acquisitions made by Inner-Mongolia-based China Mengniu Dairy in 2013 and its latest announcement about entering a joint venture in China with the US-based WhiteWave Foods are being seen as part of its efforts to expand into the beverage business, the Beijing-based China Times (not our sister paper) reports.

China to boost annual railway coal capacity to 3 bln T by 2020

Jan 14 (Reuters) - China aims to increase its annual railway capacity for coal haulage by around a third by 2020 as part of a new plan aimed at streamlining the way its vast but remote reserves are delivered to consumers, the country's top planning body said on Tuesday.

Rio Tinto won't have to lift stake in Turqoise Hill

Rio Tinto's stake in Canadian miner Turquoise Hill Resources will remain unchanged, after the conclusion of a lengthy rights offering linked to the highly prospective Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.

Centerra Gold Announces 2013 Consolidated Gold Production of 690,720 ounces and Provides 2014 Guidance

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 13, 2014) -

Haranga Resources Ltd : Mongolia : Haranga Resources wins pre mining deal for Selenge iron project

Haranga Resources has secured a pre mining contract with the Mineral Resource Authority of Mongolia for its 80% owned Selenge Iron Ore Project.

GOLD: Centerra beats 2013 guidance, lowers outlook for 2014

TORONTO – Centerra Gold said its Kumtor and Boroo mines produced a total of 690,720 oz of gold in 2013.

Haranga Resources Ltd : Mongolia : PRE mining agreement with the MRA of Mongolia signed by Haranga Resources

A pre-mining agreement is signed by Haranga Resources with the Mineral Resource Authority of Mongolia for its 80% owned Selenge Iron Ore Project.

Super-sized sandbox reveals how dunes grow

On a cold winter day in December 2007, a bulldozer flattened nearly 40 acres (16 hectares) of Inner Mongolia's Tengger Desert.

Centerra Gold tops 2013 guidance, expects lower output in 2014

TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – The TSX-listed shares of Centerra Gold on Monday rose 4.52%, or C$0.21 a share, after the company reported that it had met the 2013 output guidance.

Rio Tinto's Turquoise Hill Stake Unchanged

LONDON--Mining titan Rio Tinto PLC (>> Rio Tinto plc) has kept its majority stake in Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (>> Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd) unchanged at 50.8% following the successful completion of a $2.4 billion rights issue.

Turquoise Hill Closes Successful Rights Offering

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/13/14 -- Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX: TRQ)(NYSE: TRQ)(NASDAQ: TRQ) today announced the closing of its rights offering, which expired on January 7, 2014, and confirmed the offering generated approximately US$2.4 billion in gross proceeds.

ANOTHER MONGOLIAN BEAUTY DEAD IN M'SIA: 26-yr-old student found hanged in wet market

KUALA LUMPUR — Police have stumbled onto an alleged sex trafficking ring following investigations into the recent death of a Mongolian student.

Mongolia Eyes First Dim Sum Bond as Trade & Development Offers

Trade & Development Bank of Mongolia is offering what would be the country’s first offshore yuan bond just one week after Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the ratings outlook of the lender.

Rio Tinto pays C$1.2bn to maintain shareholding in Turquoise Hill

PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Mining giant Rio Tinto on Tuesday confirmed that it had maintained its shareholding in Vancouver-headquartered Turquoise Hill during the company’s rights offering to develop the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine, in Mongolia.

D. Altankhuyag: Mongolia’s primo ballerino

We were sitting in the ballet rehearsal room at the Opera House with our overcoats, observing the daily rehearsal of Mongolian ballerinas.

Prime Minister introduces 2014 plans for ‘Let’s Construct and Create in Mongolia’

On January 9, the Prime Minister of Mongolia, N.Altankhuyag, introduced plans and projects for 2014 for construction, support for industrialization, improving household income by increasing employment opportunities, and combating corruption and bribery.

Ninja Economy

Ch.Ulaan, the Minister of Finance, gave an overview of the 2013 public budget and economic performance last week.

Mongolia sees Oyu Tolgoi deal this month

Wrangling over a $6 billion-plus underground expansion of Oyu Tolgoi, Rio Tinto's (LON:RIO) massive copper-gold mine in Mongolia, could be resolved by the end of the month.

Siblings drive 26,000km from UK to Perth in a Mini - but can't beat WA's outback

A BRITISH brother and sister spent 149 days driving more than 26,000km on an epic road trip from the UK to Australia in a Mini - only to be beaten by the WA outback.

Mongolia Export Income Falls 2.6% in 2013 as Coal Sales Slump

Mongolia’s export income slipped 2.6 percent last year amid a decline in shipments of coal, the nation’s biggest earner.

Serbia and Mongolia finalize agreement to abolish visas for their citizens

Serbia adopts the Bill on ratification of the Agreement between the governments of Serbia and Mongolia on the abolition of visas for citizens of the two countries.

Forum discusses Mongolian tourism development

More than 100 scholars, officials, and designers from home and abroad gathered in Hohhot over the weekend to explore tourism development in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

Mongolia export income falls in 2013

ULAN BATOR (Bloomberg)— Mongolia’s export income slipped 2.6 percent last year amid a decline in shipments of coal, the nation’s biggest earner.

Haranga Resources Ltd : Mongolia : Haranga Resources wins pre mining deal for Selenge iron project

Haranga Resources has secured a pre mining contract with the Mineral Resource Authority of Mongolia for its 80% owned Selenge Iron Ore Project.

Haranga Resources Ltd : Mongolia : PRE mining agreement with the MRA of Mongolia signed by Haranga Resources

A pre-mining agreement is signed by Haranga Resources with the Mineral Resource Authority of Mongolia for its 80% owned Selenge Iron Ore Project.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Petro Matad Limited : Share Price Movement

Petro Matad notes the recent increase in the Company's share price and confirms that it is
not aware of any reason for the sharp movement.

Petro Matad says no reason for share price rise

Petro Matad (LON:MATD) said today it was not aware of any reason why its share price spiked sharply higher on Wednesday.

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Petro Matad's Unaware Of Reason For Share Price Increase

LONDON (Alliance News) - Petro Matad Ltd Thursday said it is unaware of any reason for the recent sharp increase in its share price.

A LIFE REDEFINED

Uuganaa Ramsay went to the UK on a teaching scholarship in 2000, and more than a decade later – now a mother and author in Scotland – she continues to educate.

Moody’s changes ratings outlooks of Mongolian banks to negative

Moody’s Investors Service reported on Wednesday that it has changed the ratings outlooks for three Mongolian banks to negative from stable, reflecting intensifying adverse developments in their operating environments.

Yo.Manlaibayar: Mongolia will have three huge transit railroad corridors

In an interview with Yo. Manlaibayar, the chairman of the Coordinating Department of Railway and Maritime Policy of the Ministry of Roads and Transportation, we learn more about proposals for the renovation of Ulaanbaatar Railway.

Geography of the World: Necessary Knowledge

In my work with Mongolian university students, I am often amazed at their lack of knowledge of geography.

Undur Tolgoi Announces New COO and Director

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/09/14 -- Undur Tolgoi Minerals Inc. ("UTM" or the "Company") (CNSX: UTM) is pleased to announce that Mr. Anthony Milewski will join UTM's board of directors effective January 1, 2014.

China to Strengthen Rare Earth Industry Management, Promote Mergers

China will make more efforts to consolidate the rare earth industry and promote mergers led by 6 major producers, an official told Xinhua on Thursday.

Haranga Resources awarded pre-mining contract for Selenge iron project, Mongolia

Haranga Resources (ASX: HAR) has been awarded a pre-mining agreement with the Mineral Resource Authority of Mongolia for its 80% owned Selenge Iron Ore Project.

China’s Rare Earth Industry is Still Dominated by Illegal Operations

Despite a two year campaign aimed at cleaning the sector and removing all unlawful operations, China has admitted that its rare earth industry still suffers greatly from pollution, smuggling, and illegal mining.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

From Mongolia to the Adirondacks

KEENE — Nestled on a forested slope, Jim Collin and Carol Blakeslee Collin’s modernized yurt is halfway around the world from the steppes of Asia, where nomads make their homes in the portable structures.

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Six Mongols Sentenced For Protesting Against Forced Grazing Land Grab

Following the ethnic protests in Xinjiang and Tibet, Inner Mongolia also suffers from grievances.

Ones to watch, carefully

ACCORDING to the forecasts of the Economist Intelligence Unit, the world’s five fastest-growing economies in 2014 will be South Sudan, Mongolia, Macau, Sierra Leone and Turkmenistan, as seen in the video above.

COPPER: Tuquoise Hill makes US$2.4B rights offering

VANCOUVER – Turquoise Hill Resources, operator of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in southern Mongolia, has completed a rights offering expected to gross US$2.4 billion.

Altan Rio Announces Equity Facility of up to $10M with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

VANCOUVER, Jan. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Altan Rio Minerals Limited ("Altan Rio" or the "Company") announces that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD") has agreed to provide equity financing to the Company for the furtherance of the Company's Mongolian operations.

SouthGobi (T.SGQ) vows vigorous defence against proposed class action

SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (TSX: T.SGQ, Stock Forum) says it understands that on or around January 6, 2014, Canadian law firm Siskinds LLP filed a proposed securities class action against the company, certain of its current and former senior officers and directors, and its former auditors.

A trip through time

With the temperature dipping below freezing, Wang Kaihao finds refuge in the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, and embarks on a fascinating journey into the region's rich history.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

L.Erkhembayar: Export-oriented manufacturing and industry should be supported more

An open discussion to introduce a draft bill on supporting industrialization was held at the Civil Hall of the President on Monday.

Constitution Day to be observed

The Law on Public Holidays of Mongolia lists January 13th as Constitution Day.

Mongolian remedies for common cold and flu

The dawn of the year of the Green Horse has been kind and it is much warmer than usual in January.

Bad to the Bone: Dealer Pleads Guilty in Fossil Smuggling Scheme

The feds have unearthed a trove of fossils brought into the United States illegally.

School separates male, female students

A senior middle school in Hohhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, has drawn attention from the public for dividing its dining hall in two areas for male and female students, Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Moody’s Warns on Mongolia’s Banks

Moody's Investors ServiceMCO +0.08% has placed negative outlooks on three Mongolian banks, citing risks from rising bad loans, slower economic growth and a deteriorating operating environment.

Mongolia Bond Yields at Four-Month Top as Moody’s Cuts Banks

Mongolia’s borrowing costs rose to near a four-month high as Moody’s Investors Service joined Fitch Ratings Ltd. in downgrading the ratings outlooks for some of the country’s banks.

Mongolia Names 2014 As Family Support Year

ULAANBAATAR, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Population Development and Social Welfare has designated 2014 as Family Support Year, Mongolia's MONTSAME news agency reported.

Inner Mongolia Baotou Grabs 9 Firms; Rare Earth Index Dip Shows Surplus?

After appreciating a bit since mid-2013, MetalMiner’s monthly Rare Earths MMI® began falling off again over the last month of the year. The price index stands at a reading of 34.

Hareon Solar to invest in power projects in Inner Mongolia, Hebei totalling 1.8 bln yuan

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Hareon Solar Technology Co Ltd

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mongolian football player signs on for two years with Krabi FC

A.Murun’s contract with Krabi FC has made him the first professional footballer from Mongolia.

Former CMU player gets professional soccer deal

Former Central Methodist forward Murun Althankhuyag has signed a contract to play soccer in Thailand, making him the first professional player from Mongolia.

Local man caught in federal fossil case

The point when nearby display holder Rick Rolater purchased fossils from his Chinese agent he wasn't breaking any law.

Local Gallery Owner Stuck in Federal Fossil Law Violation

Once owner of a Tyrannosaurus skull, Rick Rolator from Eagle holds no right of this fossil as the federal fossil policy has changed from the time he bought it.

Wyoming Fossil Store Owner Cuts Deal With Authorities In Smuggling Case

The owner of fossil retail stores in Wyoming and Colorado pleaded guilty to smuggling valuable specimens from China and Mongolia into his shop, according to the Wyoming Business Report.

Part-time Bozemanite researches U.S., Mongolian wolverines

She was told not to get her hopes up, that some people had worked on wolverine studies for 20 years and never seen one of the creatures in the wild.

Fossil retailer pleads guilty to smuggling

JACKSON – Fossil smuggling to Jackson Hole may have just gone extinct.

China Baotou Rare Earth acquires nine regional miners

BEIJING, Jan 3 (Reuters) - China's biggest producer of rare earths, the Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare Earth Group <600111 .ss="">, has acquired nine regional mining companies as part of a government masterplan to consolidate the sector.

Livestock population reaches 45 million

At the end of 2013, the livestock population in Mongolia reached over 45 million with a 10.2 percent annual increase, according to the National Statistical Office of Mongolia (NSOM)’s preliminary report of Livestock Census-2013 released on December 31, 2013.

Kharanga to launch a book on 25th anniversary

Mongolia’s first hard rock band Kharanga announced that it will publish a book to mark their 25th anniversary.

China sentences six Mongol herders

Six herders in China who tried to defend grazing land from expropriation by a forestry firm have been sentenced in the resource-rich Inner Mongolia region, a lawyer and family members said on Monday, in a case that has sparked protests.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mongolia's first professional player

Murun Althankhuyag's professional contract at Krabi FC has made him the first pro footballer from the emerging Asian footballing nation 24-year-old, Murun Altankhuyag, a full international for the Mongolian national team, has signed a two-year professional contract with Thai Division 1 side, Krabi FC.

In Conversation: On the Trail of Genghis Khan

Australian by birth, author and adventurer Tim Cope decided to train as a wilderness guide in Finland.

Mega-ton coal liquefaction project approved in Inner Mongolia

An indirect coal-to-liquid (CTL) project with a yearly output of 2 million tonnes in north China has been approved by the central government, showing the country's determination to scale up the CTL industry and optimize its energy mix.

Mongolia Growth Group Ltd : Mongolia Growth Group Ltd. Grants Restricted Stock Awards

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, December 30, 2013 /FSC/ - Mongolia Growth Group Ltd. (YAK - TSX Venture),("MGG" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the issuance of 91,179 Restricted Stock Awards ("RSAs") to key members of its senior Mongolian staff as part of their 2013 bonus package.

Four Mongolian Herders Released After Guilty Plea, Two Remain

Chinese authorities in Inner Mongolia have released on bail four ethnic Mongolian herders tried for public order offenses last month after they pleaded guilty, although two activists remain in a local detention center.

Baotou Steel Plans $4.9 Billion Share Issue to Buy Assets

Inner Mongolian Baotou Steel Union Co. (600010), a Chinese steelmaker, will raise as much as 29.8 billion yuan ($4.9 billion) in a private share placement to buy assets from its parent and replenish working capital. The stock jumped.

The Boeing Company : Ex-Im Bank Finalizes Pact for U.S. Export Transaction to Mongolia

Officials from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex- Im Bank) and MIAT Mongolian Airlines (MIAT) participated in a signing ceremony on December 19 that finalized the export of a U.S. Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with GE engines to MIAT.

Baogang to issue 8.255 billion shares to raise RMB 29.8 billion

On December 30, Inner Mongolia-based Chinese steelmaker Baotou Iron and Steel Co. (Baogang) announced that it plans to issue 8.255 billion shares to its controlling shareholder Baogang Group and six other companies.

2014 Starts Off with Sandstorm

A sandstorm laced with minute pollutants blew in from China and Mongolia on the first day of 2014 to envelop the Korean Peninsula. Sandstorms usually occur in spring and are rarely seen in winter.

Part-time Bozemanite researches U.S., Mongolian wolverines

She was told not to get her hopes up, that some people had worked on wolverine studies for 20 years and never seen one of the creatures in the wild.

The Denver Zoo sponsors global research and conservation projects

Most visitors think they've left the Denver Zoo when they step through the turnstile at City Park, never imagining that its borders now stretch to a windswept park in Mongolia, the wetlands surrounding Lake Titicaca in Peru, and Botswana's Kalahari Desert.